What’s next for the NHL?

Visual Effects and Visual Effects Design (VFX) specialist John Coughlan was named in a new NHL franchise for the 2018-19 season, joining former NHL player and former VP of VFX Brian Burke.

He will oversee the visual effects for all of the team’s NHL games.

Coughlin’s previous roles include creating NHL logos for the Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators, and for the Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild.

“John has worked closely with a lot of NHL players over the years and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area,” Burke said.

“We are excited to welcome him to the team.

He has proven to be an exceptional VFX supervisor and is an excellent candidate for the position.”

The new VFX head will be joined by former NHL players Brian Burke and Mike Zuniga, who both had significant roles in the design and development of NHL logos.

Burke’s design work on the New Jersey Devils’ crest was instrumental in its successful debut in 2010, while Zunigan’s design on the San Jose Sharks’ logo was one of the first major NHL logos to be digitally produced in the early 2000s.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of this great organization,” Coughlon said.

“The history of the NHL is incredibly rich and we are thrilled to have John join the organization and build upon what we’ve accomplished here in Vancouver.

The organization is built on great fan support and I look forward to bringing some of that same excitement to the Canucks’ fans as we embark on a new chapter.”

This is a developing story.

Stay tuned to NHL.com/NHL.com for the latest.